ESB and Vodafone has announced that Ennis and Shannon are among 50 towns in Ireland scheduled to receive the 100% fibre to building broadband before the end of the year.
The consortium said a further 300 rural locations will be added to the network beyond 2015 although the exact locations are not expected to be announced until early 2016.
ESB and Vodafone are investing €450 million in a joint venture, which will use ESB’s existing electricity infrastructure to deliver the fibre-to-the-building network across the country. Construction on the open access network, which will be available to all authorised broadband operators in the country, will commence this summer, before becoming available to consumers and businesses in the autumn.
This means that other operators can resell the fibre product to their customers, helping to stimulate the development of new services and boosting retail competition in the broadband market for all Irish consumers and businesses. The 100% fibre-to-the-building network will initially reach 500,000 premises in 50 towns in phase one.
Meanwhile, the wait goes on for much of rural Clare parts of which are unable to access any form of broadband service. In 2014, the Government announced its €500 million National Broadband Plan which is scheduled to connect every Irish household to the broadband network by 2020.